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Stunning Biography of Pandit Ravi Shankar

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Reviewed: 04-10-20

Over 22 hrs heard at 1.7X, Oliver Craske and the narrator immerses you in the absolutely incredible life of Pandit Ravi Shankar who has perhaps experienced and achieved more in one life time of the arts than anyone i know. Oliver tracks his life from even before he was born from his father - strange dichotomy of global, liberal and spiritual worldview juxtaposed of neglect for wife and his son/children. By the mid 50's with Ravi Shankar only 35, his achievements and mastery were already of thenext order and he had another 2/3r'ds of his life to live and create such a prodigious body of work and collaborations from Yehudi Menuhin, Philip Glass, Zubin Mehta to Ali Akbar Khan and so many others. I never knew the original scores for symphonies, ballets, dance dramas, opera and the world of cinema. What amazed me was the frenetic and relentless nature of his life which was grounded in music and taking India's classical music traditions to the world. I wish was there in era 66 to 1969 where he brought our music mainstream riding the counter culture wave. The book is a tourdeforce for anyone to understand what it took to be Pandit Ravi Shankar and who knew there might have been no Pandit Ravi Shankar if he surrendered to his suicide urges before he broke through and Tata Baba had not come and guided him!

Leading English journalist exeriences

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Reviewed: 24-07-20

Enjoyed all the nuggets of the journey of Karan Thapar and is engagement with the leading lights of india . Fascinating story on how LK Advani and the Pakistan ambassodar has parleys to reinvigorate india Pakistan relationship.

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Fascinating and rich history about Afghanistan

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Reviewed: 12-06-20

In Indian history we are hardly taught about Afghan history particularly the British engagement during the middle of the 19th century. Brilliantly written and hearing it on 1.5x speed was ideal

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Reviewed: 08-12-19

the book is one of the finest books to understand how in 50 years the British ruled India. how the different actors the maratha , mughals , England, the company, Hyderabad and tipu sultan all navigated and eventually lost to the British particularly the plunder of bengal

enjoyed it tremendously

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Reviewed: 08-12-19

deep lived history about the challenges in Kashmir and the various players from the very top. how everyone matters in the Kashmir situation